Posts Tagged ‘Istanbul’


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate_Chandeliers at Hagia Sophia

November 9, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.






From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as a Greek Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. [from Wikipedia]. When I was there in 2013, it was under renovation.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half – View from Dormabache Palace

July 20, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

Half on Half - View from Dormabache Palace

The symmetical composition plays on the positive and negative spaces; the Yin and the Yang.

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Splendid Door_Hagia Sophia

July 4, 2015
Door 3

Door to the Interior Room of Hagia Sophia


Displayed in one of the Corners at Hagia Sophia


One of the Exit Doors

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey.


Daily Prompt: The Power of Touch_Year 1166 Records

December 8, 2013

Texture abound in Istanbul, Turkey. Last month, I spent hours at Hagia Sophia, touched and felt some of what I saw and looked at with awe. I traveled back in time…somehow.


Touching the slab…. It is described as a record of decisions passed by a supreme religious assembly held at Hagia Sophia in 1166.

Synod Records

Though just a copy, there was that feeling of riding back in time by merely looking at them.



Size of the slabs in the 3rd photo above can be gauged by the height of the man standing in front of the tomb near the synod records


Come Fly with Me to TURKEY / Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque

November 15, 2013

It was last November 2 when I got a chance to visit for the first time The Blue Mosque –  SULTANAHMET CAMII [Turkish] or Sultan Ahmed Mosque (click to read more). Friend from UP Film  Center days, Rowena Martinez Ulayan-Tuzcuoglu, Istanbul resident and known visual artist in Turkey brought us to the site I never imagined I would one day be. Despite coming from a country majority of whom are Catholics, I found the place simply marvelous!


My first view of the magnificent Sultanamet Camii or The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I viewed it with wonder and awe! It appeared to me as fairy-tale like.

Sultanahmet Minarets

Closer shot of the minarets

Sultanahmet compound2

Inside the mosque court


Take note of the paper like objects flying around one of the minarets…


…they are in fact, birds, seagulls I believe. They quite struck me as they actively animate the place along with tourists visiting the mosque.

Sultanahmet rug

The floor rug inside the mosque building. Shoes must be removed before entering it. Plastic are provided on bins placed at the main entrance lobby. Women must cover their heads [hair only] with cloth, in my case, shawl, as sign of reverence.

Sultanahmet Ext1

View of Sultanahmet as we leave the place on the way to Hagia Sophia side opposite it.

Sultanahmet Ext2

Leaving the beautiful mosque behind